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Stopping the spread of foot and mouth disease
Victorian farmers are growing more fearful everyday due to the significant spread of foot and mouth disease across Australia.
Yesterday Dr Mark Schembri, 2009 John Monash Scholar, spoke to Ben Fordham on 2GB Radio to discuss the concern and provided recommendations to prevent the disease from spreading. Mark explained that the quarantine levels need to be treated with high importance to stop this spread to regional areas.
Mark is a leading multidisciplinary educator, academic and practitioner in both human and animal medicine, also Rector at St John's College, University of Sydney and a John Monash Foundation Board Director.
E-scooters: The micromobility movement
Melbournians have been captivated by the electric scooter as a new and flexible mode of transportation more than most other cities in the world. But what is it that our society is so fond of?
In an interview with Johns Hopkins University, Dr Johnathon Ehsani, 2008 John Monash Scholar, says that transportation plays a crucial role in our health and well-being, having electric scooters provides people with a way they can access a range of resources and needs independently and comfortably which can provide game changing support.
“You might live somewhere that’s not walkable to the Metro,” Ehsani says. “But if you had a way to get to the Metro, then you’d be able to get to all kinds of places. In that way, micromobility could help address persistent social needs such as access to health care, healthy foods, employment, and other important health determinants.”
Johnathon is the current Leon S. Robertson Faculty Development Chair in Injury Prevention at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His latest research examines the role of policy and technology on driver behaviour and safety.
The concept of managing energy to discover your purpose
May Samali, 2018 NSW Premier John Monash Scholar, is Founder and CEO of Coaching by May, a professional leadership and personal development coaching service.
On the latest episode of Unbusy Podcast, she unpacks the concept of ’managing energies’ and how this helps her discover her true passions and motivations. Drawing on more than a decade of international experience as a corporate lawyer, venture capital investor, and technology CEO, May helps individuals and teams identify their purpose and unleash their power and potential.
On Tuesday 26 July, May will be running a session for Startmate’s Liminal program titled Values and purpose - Finding your anchor. Liminal is an annual event focused on helping individuals on professional pivots, especially transitioning into working in startups. Register here.
60 seconds with a Scholar
Hugh Utting, 2019 Ian Potter Foundation John Monash Scholar, was featured in Planning News, Victoria’s urban planning and design monthly magazine published by the Planning Institute of Australia. In the interview, Hugh explains how his experience as a scholar played a significant role in shaping his critical thinking skills and gave him much more of a global outlook on his work.
“I now have a greater appreciation on how the type of political economy and capability of institutions within a development context shapes outcomes and policy challenges facing cities today. So, when working with multi-disciplinary teams designing or implementing solutions to tackle complex challenges, I am more focused on considering the broader spillover effects.”
Within the Planning Institute of Australia, Hugh is the outgoing State Convenor of the Victorian Young Planners committee. Currently, Hugh works as an urban planner at GHD, a leading international engineering company, and guest lecturer at RMIT and the University of Melbourne. In future, Hugh plans to lead the development of smart and inclusive cities through public policy and the provision of sustainable infrastructure.
Podcast explores offshore processing policy
Madeline Gleeson, 2012 John Monash Scholar, is a featured guest on the first episode of 'Australia: Inside Out', where she, alongside other industry experts, explore the history and purpose of the Australian offshore processing model and assesses the model’s success in stopping asylum seekers arriving by boat and people smuggling.
Madeline is a lawyer and Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney, where she directs the Offshore Processing and Regional Protection projects.
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